DIY Handmade Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial

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Are you looking for a super simple DIY handmade Christmas tree garland you can make for this holiday season?   One that is perfect for hanging on the fireplace or possibly even on the staircase.  Maybe one that is made of ribbon or live greenery? 

There are so many materials you can use when creating handmade Christmas decorations and embellishments.    And since Christmas is such a fun time of the year to make homemade decorations, I couldn’t wait to share mine with you.  

This one is made most likely with things you already have around the house, fabric and cardboard, so lets get started.  

Easy Handmade Christmas Tree Garland

Closeup of the complete tree garland hanging. DIY Christmas Tree Garland Hidden Springs Homestead

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard
  • Fabric  (at least 3 coordinating colors)
  • 9  –   half-inch stars (optional)
  • Ric Rak Ribbon (that coordinates with your fabric)
  • Box Knife (for cutting cardboard)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Foam Brush
  • Nail and Hammer  (don’t worry, I’ll explain)
  • Jute  – (80 inches or so)

Instructions:  

Begin by taking cardboard and tracing out 9 trees using the provided pattern below.  Carefully, cut them out using a box knife or razor knife.  Place them on a hard surface to cut if using a box knife and cut on the lines.  Lay them to the side.

cut out of cardboard Christmas tree. DIY Handmade Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial. Hidden Springs Homestead

 

Next, depending on the number of different color fabrics you are using, lay them out and decide what order you would like your 9 fabric garland trees to hang.  I used 5 coordinating fabrics for mine.  The choice is yours.   

First I drew out a sketch and then laid out fabric patterns to decide how my fabrics would hang next to each other. This will help you to determine how many of each color fabric you need to cut.  

Next to make your DIY Christmas garland, stack coordinating fabrics on cutting mat, place the free printable Christmas tree pattern on your fabric.  Using the rotary cutting knife, cut along the edges of the pattern. 

 

fabric and a rotary cutter on a mat to make a craft. DIY Handmade Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial

My rotary knife will easily cut 4-6 pieces of fabric at a time.  So I made 2 stacks, one with 5 and then other with 4 different fabrics. 

If you don’t have a rotary knife and cutting mat, no worries, fabric scissors will do just fine.  You can use a disappearing ink pattern pen and trace the pattern onto the fabrics and simply cut them out. 

When you purchase a rotary knife, I would recommend this rotary knife – it’s easy to use and I like the way the blade guard works on it.  I don’t have to keep up with it. 

Lay aside all 9 fabric Christmas trees after they are cut out.  

fabric Christmas trees cut out for making a garland. DIY Homemade Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial Hidden Springs Homestead

Now the fun part.  Using a foam brush and Mod Podge, paint one side of the cardboard and the backside of one fabric Christmas tree.  Place them together and smooth out to flat and free of wrinkles.  

cardboard Christmas tree with mod podge to make a garland. DIY Chrrstmas Tree Garland Tutorial Hidden Springs Homestead

Don’t worry, Mod Podge when wet will be “white” in color, but it will dry clear.  Paint each cardboard and fabric back, smooth out until you have all 9 completed.  Let these dry for a couple hours.   

It could be a good idea to place the wet trees under something heavy to help the cardboard to continue to lie flat.  (I had a couple that wanted to “role up”)  

Again, don’t worry about the dark spots on the fabric or white spots of Mod Podge, it will dry completely clear and not be seen.  

Once the trees are dry, now is the time to attach the Ric Rak.  Beginning at the top of the tree, use a glue gun and place a line of hot glue around the entire tree (not the trunk – only the tree) and then attach Ric Rak to the glue.    Press until Ric Rak is secure.  Do all 9 trees.  

ric rac on Christmas tree garland DIY Handmade Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial Hidden Springs Homestead

Next, using a nail and hammer.  Near the top, make 2 holes through both the fabric and cardboard.  This will work for “threading” the jute through to hang the trees to make the homemade Christmas tree garland.  

From the back, thread “up” through the first hole and “down” in the second.  Make a knot in the jute to hold your fabric Christmas tree in place.  You will want to measure out how far apart you would like your trees to hang.  Move them into place, tie a knot and then thread the next one.  Do this until all 9 are secured to the jute.   

If you are using stars, at this point, you will want to glue them onto the tree.  I glued my in place directly over the jute, this helps to hold the tree in place as well.  

arrows where to make holes to hang garland DIY Handmade Christmas Tree Garland. Hidden Springs Homestead

Now make a loop in each end of your very own DIY Christmas tree garland, it’s ready to hang!  

I love this!  I think it is super cute and so easy to make.  And even better, it doesn’t break the budget to make it.  

So, what do you think?  Don’t you just love the idea of this fabric Christmas tree garland to decorate your home this Christmas season?  It’s something that is simple enough, the kids can help with too.  

By the way, if you love crafting as much as I do, I think you’ll love my Natural Trig Wreath tutorial.  Also, while you are on my site, take a look at my homemade Christmas stocking ornament – it comes with a free printable pattern too.  

Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration you like to make?  If so, please feel free to share in the comments below or tag me with a picture on Instagram. I’d love to see… 

Christmas Tree Garland hanging over a shelf with a clock on the shelf. DIY Christmas Tree Garland Hidden Springs Homestead

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20 thoughts on “DIY Handmade Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial

  • December 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm
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    Too cute! What a great decoration, and perfect for doing with kids!

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  • December 15, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    What a cute idea, thank you for such a great detailed post with lots of photos to show the progress, I love that it can be made with scraps in regards to the material.

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    • December 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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      Hi Rosie, we think alike then. I’m always looking for ways to reuse and repurpose. Thanks for reading.

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  • December 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm
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    I love this! I am so ready to update my Christmas decorations, and this would be perfect for the cold, wet winter months when I am stuck inside. That way I can have them ready for next season. I like Lisa L’s idea of using leftovers from other projects, and my extend that to using old clothes that are ready for the rag bag. Perfect!

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:06 pm
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      So glad you enjoyed it Julie. Winter is the perfect time to be creating for sure. Anytime you can reuse, repurpose it’s even more perfect!

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  • December 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm
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    I love this! I am so ready to update my Christmas decorations, and this would be perfect for the cold, wet winter months when I am stuck inside. That way I can have them ready for next season. I like Lisa L’s idea of using leftovers from other projects, and my extend that to using old clothes that are ready for the rag bag. Perfect!

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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      I’m s glad you like it. I’ll be looking in to using old clothes. I have some of those in a bag in my closet now.

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  • December 15, 2018 at 12:12 pm
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    This is such a cute garland! And I love that it doesn’t require sewing, because this lady just can’t seem to manage needle and thread! So cute, and I can’t wait to make one of my own!

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:08 pm
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      Thanks Lacey! You could use some really bright colors and make it super fun and festive too. I’m glad you like it.

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  • December 15, 2018 at 11:09 am
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    Hi Dianne,
    I love this garland. Your instructions are easy to follow and the little Christmas trees are so unique with each one having it own personality. Using leftover sewing materials is great great way to upcycle. Thanks for sharing your homemade garland. Have a healthy, happy & blessed Christmas and New Years. Tweeted.

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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      Oh thank you Marla! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. You have a wonderful blessed Christmas as well.

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  • December 15, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    This looks like a great project to do with my daughter. She loves crafty things such as this. I love that we can use leftover boxes for this project.

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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      Maia, your daughter will love this. It’s fun and festive for sure. The awesome part is it doesn’t cost a fortune to make. Perfect! Enjoy the crafting with your daughter.

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  • December 15, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    This is a fun way to make homemade decorations. I can see ornaments and garland being made.

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm
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      Candy, you are so right! I have never even thought of that. Instead of stringing them together, they could be used as ornaments. See we all learn from each other. Thanks for reading and sharing the ornament idea

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  • December 15, 2018 at 9:11 am
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    This is so cute! It looks like it could be made with leftovers from other sewing projects, which is a bonus. And it wouldn’t take long to make…thank you for sharing!

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    • December 15, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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      Lisa you are so right. It is made from scrap materials as well as old boxes. Up-cycle and reuse. It’s a perfect holiday decoration that doesn’t break the bank to make Thank you for reading.

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